About Keys

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In 2018, Keys Fine Art Auctioneers celebrated its 65th anniversary, making us one of the longest-established firms of Auctioneers in East Anglia.

Founded by Geoffrey Key in 1953 on the site that Keys still occupies today in the North Norfolk market town of Aylsham, the business started as a small livestock market selling mainly poultry. By the end of the 1950s, these sales had become some of the largest of their type in the country.

These livestock markets grew to include a weekly general furniture sale, which still takes place every Monday (Tuesdays avoiding Bank Holidays). Regular selected antique sales were added during the 1960s, closely followed by other fine art sales including pictures, books and collectables.

Over the past 65 years, Keys has developed into one of the UK’s leading provincial Auction Houses, with a reputation which stretches far beyond its East Anglian origins.

Keys holds a regular programme of over 80 Fine Art, Antique, Country, Commercial and Specialist sales covering the whole auction spectrum. Still operating from the same five acre saleground in Aylsham, Keys has a locally-unrivalled team of experts who are able to compete on a national as well as local level.

Although firmly established with an international clientele by the 1980s, the advances in technology in recent years have dramatically increased the reach of Keys sales to national and international audience, and today bidders take part live in the auctions via the internet from all areas of the world.